Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Importance of Listening to Your Heart, by Rosemary Louise Gallagher

I am delighted to welcome Rosemary Louise Gallagher today. Rosemary is here to talk about I LISTENED TO MY HEART, her debut novel. You have a chance of winning a signed copy of the novel by entering the giveaway competition at the bottom of this post.

Hello Rosemary and welcome. Can you tell us a little about you?

I was born in Melbourne, Australia and aside from my many wonderful travels, I spent most of my life there until moving to London in 2000, so I took advantage of my Irish passport and packed up my happy life down under to see what the other side of the world was offering.  That was nearly 15 years ago and I haven't looked back!

My creative development started late in my life - I wrote my first novel at the age of 50. I have my own business; I am a tarot/angel intuitive,  and have been reading the  tarot  since giving up the corporate world to concentrate on my creative and spiritual development.  I am also a lyricist and  I’m hoping one day to write a #1 hit and maybe even win a Grammy!  Oh yes, I'm a dreamer all right, but a girl has got to have dreams. I mean, if you don' can they come true!

There is nothing wrong with being a dreamer and having creative ambitions! By the way, I am absolutely fascinated by your occupation as a tarot reader, but what did you want to be when you were a child? 
When I was a child I wanted to be an actress or a singer. I loved Barbara Streisand and would imagine me being her, up there on stage belting out a number.  I never imagined me becoming a writer, just goes to show… never say never.

You are right, Barbara Streisand does have a wonderful voice. I used to love her films, especially A STAR IS BORN and THE WAY WE WERE. We all get our inspiration from different sources. Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
The idea for my novel was inspired by a real life event. It started out as a journal and from there it took on a life of its own. Before I knew it I had written my book. It’s amazing what you can do when you listen to your heart.   

Very true. Can you tell us a little about the novel?

It follows the life of Rose O’Carroll who is about to turn the big 40 and is still single, so she packs up her life in Melbourne to move to London to see what the other side of the world was offering. Rose, has friends in high places – her angles who she communicates with regularly and they guide her to find the right job, home, and to make wonderful friendships and ensure she has loads of fun along the way.  Finally they lead her to Joe DeMarco, the tall, handsome American, who turns her life upside down and changes it forever.

Everything happens for a reason and Rose discovers why she had to meet Joe DeMarco at what seems like the wrong time.  She had someone else met first…and it wasn’t only the dishy doctor St Claire. 
In three words - What kind of man is Joe DeMarco?
Strong, humble and generous of spirit, and funny! oops that’s four but….:)

That sounds like a great combination. What are you working on at the moment?
I have just finished writing the sequel which is called Maktub: It is written.  Unlike my first book this is complete fiction and it was fun letting my imagination run wild.

What an intriguing title. Tell me, what is your favourite hero from a film or a novel ever?
Rhett Butler, from Gone With The Wind.  He was tall, dark and handsome and so charismatic, but more importantly I loved his strength, his wit and humour; he was generous, kind and loved passionately.   

Yes, Rhett Butler was indeed a hero who stayed with me a long time after I read the novel. Writing can be a wonderful, but at times an incredibly frustrating occupation, at least it seems that way to me! What was your best ever moment as a writer?
When the Fedex guy delivered my book - I was so excited, yet nervous and when I opened the package and held my published book in my hands, I was overwhelmed. In in my hands was a book that I’d written, with my name on the cover. What a fabulous moment and feeling.

I know exactly what you mean, Rosemary. I had that lovely feeling a few weeks ago too, when I held a copy of my contemporary romance  A SPELL IN PROVENCE in my hands for the first time.

Thank you so much for answering my questions today. I wish you lots of success with I LISTENED TO MY HEART!

About the author

Rosemary Gallagher is an author, tarot reader/angel intuitive and lyricist. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and spent most of her life there until moving to London in 2000. For most of her professional career she worked as a Receptionist in various high profile companies.  She recently left her day job to concentrate on her writing and spiritual endeavours.  Rosemary has always held a strong interest in the metaphysical, especially the tarot cards and the angelic realm. After settling into her new life in London she began formal tarot studies at the Psychic College of London and has been reading the tarot professionally ever since. Rosemary discovered her creative voice a few years ago after an emotional encounter turned her life upside down. I Listened to My Heart is Rosemary's debut novel and although fictional, is inspired by a real life experience.  It is an uplifting and light-hearted story of faith, love and friendship. Rosemary is passionate about life and all things spiritual, with a strong interest in twin soul connections.

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  1. Yes, I really enjoyed Rosemary's answers!

  2. What an amazing interview! I loved hearing from Rosemary. Not only does her book sound fabulous, but I am so intrigued that she is a tarot reader. I haven't had my cards read in a while, but I like to have them done and I have my own set to do readings. :)

    1. Thank you for visiting, Jess. I am very intrigued by Rosemary's tarot reading too!